Hike stated at 9:30. Stunning views. Easy walk for first few hours.
And then the afternoon hike hit. 1800 foot to 5000 foot climb with 37 lb pack. Brutal. If it was beautiful, I never noticed as I was too tired. Had a nice lunch though at 4200'feet.
From this point it took me another 3 + hours of challenging hiking to the shelter.
Now all is good. Had a nice meal. Then a good fire.